Isabelle Huppert stars as an actress who gathers her extended family in an idyllic spot for a summer vacation she knows will be their last together in Ira Sachs' latest drama FRANKIE opening at The Ross on Friday, November 29. The plot of “FRANKIE,” like so many of the characters, meanders, aimlessly at times, but like an expensive vacation, it's utterly lovely to experience and surprising when it's over. –Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service What a thorough pleasure to be in the company of FRANKIE, a film that feels like a sumptuous beach read on a lazy sunny afternoon. –Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com [Sachs's] insistent pictorial sensibility reveals its purpose and its power in a crescendo of visionary wonder, in a matched pair of concluding sequences. –Richard Brody, New Yorker FRANKIE is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, November 29 through Thursday, December 5. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. The Motion Picture Association of America has rated FRANKIE PG-13 (for brief strong language and some sexual material). This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Three generations of a European family come together in the fabled town of Sintra, Portugal, for one last vacation before the family matriarch faces the next, and last, chapter of her life. Over the course of one crisp October day, the fairy tale setting brings about everyone's most romantic impulses, revealing both cracks between them, as well as unexpected depth of feeling. A successful actress used to getting her way, Francoise "Frankie" Cremont has a secret plan: she wants to marry off Paul, her perpetually single son, to Ilene, an American hairstylist she befriended on a film shoot in New York. As Frankie tries to manipulate her son's future, her adoring Irish husband Jimmy is forced to confront his own feelings of imminent loss. Meanwhile, Jimmy's daughter Sylvia faces the potential dissolution of her own marriage to the remote, but financially successful, Ian. And as the adults play out their intricate plots and machinations, Sylvia and Ian's teenage daughter Maya spends the afternoon with a group of local boys by the sea, discovering the joys and surprises of first love. Watching from the sidelines is Frankie's ex-husband, and Paul's father, Michel, who, accompanied by João-Miguel, a handsome Portuguese tour guide, observes all with a wry and seasoned understanding. When Frankie's plans are thwarted by the arrival of Ilene's boyfriend, Gary, she is forced to come to terms with the mysteries of life, death, and our all too human limitations. From one morning to late afternoon, each of the nine members of the extended clan will be transformed by both the dramas of the family, and the magic and beauty of this mythical place.